Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine
with Garnet Hertz
Date & Time
November 19
Machine Project

Garnet Hertz will be showing his most recent prototype: a cockroach-controlled mobile robot system.

The system uses a living Madagascan hissing cockroach atop a modified trackball to control a three-wheeled robot. Infrared sensors also provide navigation feedback to create a semi-intelligent system, with the cockroach as the CPU. This work will be framed within the contexts of intelligence, embodiment, artificial life, the history robotics, and Michael Jackson.

Garnet Hertz’s works are formulations in hybridity: his current projects involve the development of technology/life systems, incorporating embedded web-servers, miniature cameras, robotics and living organisms into uncanny, chimeric experiments. Current theoretical interests include science, technology and society and the congruous historical/contemporary narrative of hybridity, life and embodiment.